Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Day at School and Alexis's Story Published

This morning I read to the 5th graders at Alexis's school. She chose an awesome book for me to read. Sorry, no pics of that. And then I talked about writing, and the bright students had so many good questions.

I enjoy school visits so much. The kids are always attentive and interested. They are well-informed about books, reading and writing. Teachers are doing a great job encouraging our young people to journal and write short stories.

One of the boys had written a vampire story. One of the girls had read Twilight. They asked how many books I've written and if I had favorites and where I sit to work. They told me their names, and I told them how many of their names I'd used for a character in one of my books.

Mrs. Mitchell is a great teacher. She had prepared the students for the visit, helped Alexis choose the book, and then she had saved a big surprize for the end.

She asked Alexis to come sit beside me and announced that Alexis's story had been published in a national newspaper for teachers and students! Alexis was so excited that she couldn't read her story to the class, so I had the honor of reading it to them.

What a great morning, and one we won't ever forget.
And--great news! I get to go to another school in a couple of weeks!

I couldn't help thinking about those students in Rwanda who need pens and paper to attend school. Please scroll down to the next post and see how you can send a student to school for under a dollar!


  1. You have a little sweetheart following in your footsteps! That is so cool.

    I'm not gonna lie, I tear-ed up a bit.

  2. You must be so proud of Alexis! What a joy to share that moment with her. She'll treasure it forever.

  3. Wow, Cheryl, what a talented family you have. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I know you're proud! ;-)


  4. Cheryl, thank you for sharing this heart-warming story (go Alexis!), and the one about Dean Jacobs' mission. We have so much to be grateful for, don't we?

  5. What a great event!!! Tell Alex we're so proud of her!

    You're a rockin' Bama!

  6. Cheryl, this warmed my heart. Thank you for sharing it, and how proud you must be of Alexis!

  7. Sigh. Don't you just love to hear about this type of interaction? Lovely, just lovely.

  8. Cher, congrats to Alexis and to you, proud grandma. Granddaughters are very special. My second grade granddaughter wants to follow in my footsteps too. :-)


  9. Congrats to you and Alexis. How special to be able to share with her like that. Wouldn't it be great if we could all go to school with our grandkids and share something as great as you did?